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Smith Journal III

Illustration for Smith Journal. A profile on Walter Murch, the Hollywood film and sound editor behind Apocalypse Now and The Godfather trilogy. Murch is a master of his field, but this isn’t a simple article about a moviemaker: it’s actually about Murch’s other work as an amateur astronomer. In his spare time, Murch has been busy reviving a debunked 18th-century theory called Bode’s law, which claims there is a hidden cosmic pattern that dictates how the planets in the solar system orbit the sun in a particular pattern. Murch thinks he has also discovered a parallel between how the planets orbit the sun (and the moons orbit planets), and the distances between notes on a musical scale. Commissioned by The Illustration Room